Class of 2018
During his undergraduate experience at Mercer University, Adriel studied languages and music: learning French, German, and Mandarin, while also becoming a concert violinist and performing at festivals throughout Europe and America. His background in Western culture, international experiences, and Asian heritage combined to lead to an in interest in international studies. He began an Asian Studies minor and sought out opportunities to combine his linguistic and cultural interests through overseas English teaching programs. In summer 2012, he volunteered as an English teacher in rural Taiwan and, in 2014, began a gap year abroad as a volunteer in Lamphun, Thailand with the Teach Thailand Corps.
Upon completion of the first year of his master’s degree at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, Adriel interned with the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Atlanta, GA on an audit project examining cost-cutting and efficiency measures within the military healthcare system. Soon after, he moved to Bangkok, Thailand as a Boren Fellow to study the Thai language and culture, while also working as an M&E assistant with USAID on its educational development missions throughout the lower Mekong river region. In summer 2017, he will transfer from Bangkok to Chiangmai to work with the US Consulate on political and economic analyses, local public diplomacy initiatives, and consular event planning.
These varied experiences have served to increase his fascination with the area that he hopes to serve in the future. With the aid of his multicultural background and cultural sensitivity, Adriel aspires to work in Foreign Service in order to continue learning and promoting cultural understanding between the peoples of different countries. He will use his familiarity with cultural traits in conjunction with his education in political and economic issues to promote the political stability of the region and cultural understanding between Western nations and Southeast Asia.